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Lannan eager to prove himself next spring

Lannan eager to prove himself next spring

Lannan eager to prove himself next spring

PHILADELPHIA -- John Lannan understands the economic landscape of baseball pretty well.

He signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Phillies in the offseason, but suffered a left knee injury last month and had surgery a short time later. Lannan is hopeful he will be 100 percent and ready to go by the beginning of Spring Training, but where remains to be seen.

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Lannan is eligible for salary arbitration, but it seems likely the Phillies do not tender him a contract. If they did, he would be in line for a raise, which would be a risk considering he made 14 starts this season and is trying to come back from knee surgery. They could non-tender him and bring him back for less, or they just could just non-tender him and let him sign elsewhere.

"There are so many different scenarios," said Lannan, who is using crutches to get around the next few weeks. "It's not like I can go out there and change their mind. I did what I could do when I was healthy. I pretty much have an idea of what's going to go down. I'm not an idiot. I'm ready for the challenge, whatever comes up. I just want to make sure this is right. That's the only thing I can control. The other stuff I can't control."

Asked if he would be up for competing for a job in camp, Lannan said, "I think it'd be good. I've never come into camp thinking I've locked up a spot. I've always enjoyed the competition. It pushes you a little harder. I'm looking forward to proving to myself, and whoever I sign with or if I stay here, that I can help a team win."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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